Putnam County, WV

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2020 Population
56,604
0.0106% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42.2
0.957% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10.8%
10.2% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$63,954
6.42% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$175,700
5.02% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
25,344
0.162% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Putnam County, WV had a population of 56.6k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $63,954. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Putnam County, WV declined from 56,610 to 56,604, a −0.0106% decrease and its median household income grew from $60,097 to $63,954, a 6.42% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Putnam County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (95%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%), White (Hispanic) (0.896%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.788%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.73%).

None of the households in Putnam County, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.7% of the residents in Putnam County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Putnam County, WV are Putnam Career and Technical Center (34 degrees awarded in 2020) and Strayer University-West Virginia (20 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Putnam County, WV was $175,700, and the homeownership rate was 82.4%. Most people in Putnam County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Putnam County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Putnam County, WV is home to a population of 56.6k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.26% of Putnam County, WV residents were born outside of the country (713 people).

In 2020, there were 44.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.8k people) in Putnam County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.21k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 507 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Putnam County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53.8k ± 251
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.21k ± 314
  3. White (Hispanic)
    507 ± 112
1.19%
Hispanic Population
671 people

In 2020, there were 44.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.8k people) in Putnam County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.21k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 507 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.19% of the people in Putnam County, WV are hispanic (671 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Putnam County, WV as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.26%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
713 people
1.24%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
704 people

As of 2020, 1.26% of Putnam County, WV residents (713 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Putnam County, WV was 1.24%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
54
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 6.9

In 2020, the median age of all people in Putnam County, WV was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 54. But people in Putnam County, WV are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Putnam County, WV residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    2,485 ± 1,223 people
  2. Philippines
    2,301 ± 1,177 people
  3. China
    2,228 ± 1,158 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was India, the natal country of 2,485 West Virginia residents, followed by Philippines with 2,301 and China with 2,228.

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Citizenship

99.7%
2020 Citizenship
99.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.7% of Putnam County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Putnam County, WV was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,340 ± 230
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    754 ± 257
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    438 ± 130

Putnam County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in West Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in West Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of West Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Putnam County, WV is $63,954. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Putnam County, WV was Census Tract 206.04 with a value of $101,681, followed by Census Tract 206.01 and Census Tract 203, with respective values of $89,057 and $75,366.

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,089. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Putnam County, WV employs 25.3k people. The largest industries in Putnam County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,399 people), Retail Trade (3,214 people), and Manufacturing (2,395 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,814), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($73,788), and Transportation & Warehousing ($71,712).

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,954
2020 value
± $6,057
6.42%
1 Year Growth
± 12.1%

Households in Putnam County, WV have a median annual income of $63,954, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,097 in 2019, which represents a 6.42% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$59,317
Average Male Salary in West Virginia
± $2,250
$43,089
Average Female Salary in West Virginia
± $1,699

In 2020, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in West Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in West Virginia
  1. Asian
    $68,837 ± $25,490
  2. White
    $45,451 ± $1,344
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $42,271 ± $5,747

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.51 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in West Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Putnam County, WV is from West Virginia.
0.441
2020 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.444
2019 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.729% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in West Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 206.04
  2. Census Tract 206.01
  3. Census Tract 203

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Putnam County, WV was Census Tract 206.04 with a value of $101,681, followed by Census Tract 206.01 and Census Tract 203, with respective values of $89,057 and $75,366.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Putnam County, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 6 - 11
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Putnam County, WV (6.03k out of 56k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    5,640 ± 669
  2. Two Or More
    212 ± 166
  3. Black
    113 ± 145

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Putnam County, WV is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

25.3k
2020 Value
± 1,360
−0.162%
1 Year decline
± 7.06%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Putnam County, WV declined at a rate of −0.162%, from 25.4k employees to 25.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Putnam County, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,123 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,984 people), and Management Occupations (2,581 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Putnam County, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Putnam County, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,123 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,984 people), and Management Occupations (2,581 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Putnam County, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.14 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.68 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Putnam County, WV, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,554), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,458), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,184).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

25.3k
2020 Value
± 1,360
−0.162%
1 Year decline
± 7.06%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Putnam County, WV declined at a rate of −0.162%, from 25.4k employees to 25.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Putnam County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,399 people), Retail Trade (3,214 people), and Manufacturing (2,395 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Putnam County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Putnam County, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Putnam County, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,399 people), Retail Trade (3,214 people), and Manufacturing (2,395 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Putnam County, WV has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.18 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.65 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Putnam County, WV, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,814), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($73,788), and Transportation & Warehousing ($71,712).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from West Virginia to other states, or from other states to West Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $8.42B
  2. $6.05B
  3. $5.79B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $8.42B, followed by Coal ($6.05B) and Plastics/rubber ($5.79B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound West Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$65.6B
2020 Value in West Virginia
$114B
Projected 2050 Value in West Virginia
74.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $65.6B. This is expected to increase 74.3% to $114B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound West Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from West Virginia to other states, or from other states to West Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $9.85B
  2. $5.83B
  3. $3.98B

In 2020, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $9.85B, followed by Pennsylvania with $5.83B and Virginia and $3.98B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that West Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Putnam County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 70.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (27.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.75%). The most partisan county was Grant County, WV with 88.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Putnam County, WV
70.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in West Virginia
  1. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 85.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in West Virginia was Grant County, WV with 88.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in West Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in West Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Putnam County, WV awarded 54 degrees. The student population of Putnam County, WV is skewed towards women, with 77 male students and 268 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Putnam County, WV are White (42 and 77.8%), followed by Black or African American (8 and 14.8%), Hispanic or Latino (3 and 5.56%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (1 and 1.85%).

The largest universities in Putnam County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Putnam Career and Technical Center (34 and 63%) and Strayer University-West Virginia (20 and 37%).

The most popular majors in Putnam County, WV are General Business (12 and 22.2%), Electrician (7 and 13%), and HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering Technology (6 and 11.1%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 7 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 6 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 5 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Putnam County, WV was Electrician with 7 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Putnam County, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 34 degrees awarded
  2. 20 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Putnam County, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Putnam Career and Technical Center with 34 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

31
Degrees Awarded to Men
23
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 31 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Putnam County, WV, which is 1.35 times more than the 23 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Putnam County, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    42 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    8 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Putnam County, WV was White students. These 42 degrees mean that there were 5.25 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Putnam County, WV was $175,700 in 2020, which is 0.765 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $167,300 to $175,700, a 5.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Putnam County, WV is 82.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Putnam County, WV have an average commute time of 27.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Putnam County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$175,700
2020 Median
± $7,717
$167,300
2019 Median
± $5,621

In 2020, the median property value in Putnam County, WV grew to to $175,700 from the previous year's value of $167,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Putnam County, WV compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Putnam County, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$63,954
Median Household Income
± $6,057
21.7k
Number of Households
± 1,159

In 2020, the median household income of the 21.7k households in Putnam County, WV grew to $63,954 from the previous year's value of $60,097.

The following chart displays the households in Putnam County, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Putnam County, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Putnam County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

82.4%
2020 Homeownership
81.8%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 82.4% of the housing units in Putnam County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 81.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Putnam County, WV compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Putnam County, WV have a longer commute time (27.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.46% of the workforce in Putnam County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (85.4%)
  2. Carpooled (7.77%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.1%)

In 2020, 85.4% of workers in Putnam County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.77%) and those who worked at home (5.1%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Putnam County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Putnam County, WV have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

94% of the population of Putnam County, WV has health coverage, with 52.9% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 15.6% on Medicare, 8.64% on non-group plans, and 2.45% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in West Virginia was $9,462 in 2014. This is a 5.5% increase from the previous year ($8,969).

Primary care physicians in Putnam County, WV see 929 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.9% decrease from the previous year (947 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2258 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1227 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mingo County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.1%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

929 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Putnam County, WV

Primary care physicians in Putnam County, WV see an average of 929 patients per year. This represents a 1.9% decrease from the previous year (947 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Putnam County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,462
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in West Virginia
$3,917
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,557
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,268
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in West Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.5%, from $8,969 to $9,462.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.03%
Uninsured
52.9%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
15.6%
Medicare
8.64%
Non-Group
2.45%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Putnam County, WV grew by 4.62% from 5.77% to 6.03%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Putnam County, WV changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 22.1% prevalence
  2. 20.9% prevalence
  3. 20.9% prevalence

Mingo County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 22.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia by county over multiple years.

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